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  • The year was 1896 and the country of Zanzibar  was a protectorate of the British Empire.  

  • Britain had installed a 'puppet' Sultan  named Hamad bin Thuwaini to lead the region,  

  • a man that supported British interests thereOn August 25th, he bit the dust, and it was  

  • widely thought that he'd been poisoned by his  cousin, the man that stepped into his shoes

  • To say the least, the Brits were a little  bit peeved about this and the new man in  

  • charge knew that, so he ordered an armed  Royal Yacht to get ready for a fight. He  

  • also sent 3,000 soldiers and a few artillery  guns to the harbor to prepare for battle

  • In those days the British had quite the  formidable military, and before you could say,  

  • Do you fancy a cuppa tea, mate”, two massive  war ships had destroyed the artillery,  

  • the palace, and had taken out about 500 soldiers. The war lasted a grand total of 38 minutes,  

  • making it the shortest war in history. The  countries you are going to hear about today  

  • might have fared just as badly as Zanzibar if  they got into a war with a military powerhouse,  

  • but we'll let you decide just how well they'd do. 10. El Salvador 

  • The South American nation has a surprisingly  large budget for being on this list,  

  • at around $165 million. That might sound  like a lot, but it's not so much when you  

  • consider the New York Police Department hadbudget of $5.6 billion that year. It also had  

  • 55,304 people working for it. El Salvador  on the other hand only has 35,000 soldiers,  

  • and 10,000 of those guys and gals are reserves. The country has some fighter aircraft,  

  • bought from the USA around the time the  first Star Wars movie hit the theaters,  

  • and you could say the same about its  helicopters. As for artillery and  

  • armored cars, some of that hardware dates  back to the second world war. In the sea,  

  • El Salvador has only three patrol boats  so there's not much happening there

  • This is not a modern military by any meansbut you might ask if it needs to be. The  

  • country hasn't seen many conflicts of lateBack in the 50s when the U.S. was talking  

  • aboutReds Under the Bedand was paranoid that  communism was going to catch-on in many nations,  

  • it supplied El Salvador weapons to  thwart an uprising if one happened

  • In 1969, there was the Football War with  Honduras, and from 1979 to 1992 there was  

  • the Salvadoran Civil War. These days the military  spends most of its time fighting organized crime,  

  • drug trafficking outfits that no doubt have  a much bigger budget than the armed forces

  • Our next country was an ancient military  power house, but not so much today...

  • 9. North Macedonia (formerly just Macedonia) Hang on a second, you're thinking, wasn't like  

  • one of the greatest military men in history  from this country. Surely it hasn't gone that  

  • downhill. Well, things have changed a lot since  Alexander the Great was taming wild horses on the  

  • plains and dreaming about his future empire. Right now, the country only has 8,000 active  

  • personnel and another 5,000 in the  reserves. That's not so many people,  

  • but hey, what are you gonna do withmilitary budget of 108 million dollars

  • Still, it has a much better reputation than the  military we put at number ten. It might be small,  

  • but the North Macedonia military has seen  plenty of action in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

  • It has some armored vehicles and towed artillerybut most of those have seen better days and  

  • wouldn't stand out in an episode of MASH. The country has no navy to speak of and while  

  • it has some helicopters and small pilot trainer  planes, it doesn't have any attack planes.

  • Next is another country with  a shockingly large budget,  

  • but still a weak military. 8. Namibia 

  • Namibia actually has quite a large budget  compared to the country we've just talked about,  

  • and that is a whopping $505 million. The country has a population of around 2.7  

  • million, but it also has a massive desertThat's why it's known as one of the least  

  • densely populated countries in the world. Out of  those people, 10,000 of them work in the military

  • The country owns seven tanks, but they were made  back in the 1940s. Whether they work these days  

  • is questionable. In fact, just about all of  the country's land vehicles and artillery date  

  • back to a time when wars were watched on black  and white TV. Namibia might have a big budget,  

  • but it's weapons are very much from another era. For instance, it's said that the country has six  

  • fighter planes, but they're so old no  one's sure if they even work anymore.

  • Next is a country which might not have  a powerful military, but has faced lots  

  • of war in its recent past. 7. Bosnia and Herzegovina 

  • The budget for this military is $165 million, and  it has 10,500 personnel in total. The air force  

  • has zero planes, but it does have some helicopters  that were made in the former Soviet Union

  • It actually has 320 tanks and 332 armored  vehicles, so you might be wondering why it  

  • comes this low on the list. The answer is, againthose tanks come from another era. Such as the  

  • American M46 Patton main battle tank, made in the  50s, and the Soviet T-55, made in the 40s and 50s. 

  • You can add to that some self-propelled  anti-aircraft artillery and some anti-aircraft  

  • artillery, but still, when you consider  that the country has no navy at all,  

  • we think it deserves the number seven spot.

  • Next is a country who's military is so weakit can't even seize power if it tries to

  • 6. Gabon If you don't  

  • know where Gabon is, it's on the west coast of  Central Africa. Its military was pretty busy last  

  • year attempting a coup d'état. It didn't work. So, when we talk about personnel, no doubt quite  

  • a few of those guys are new. A lot of people in  the military who were pro-coup rans for the hills,  

  • were shot, or metaphorically  speaking went to the chopping block

  • It's actually a tiny military of just  5,000 people, and they are supported  

  • with a $83 million dollar budget. It has no tanks but does have 70  

  • armored vehicles. If you take a look at  those bad boys, you'll see that 16 of them  

  • are Panhard AMLs. These French made killing  machines were damn good, back when folks were  

  • blown away by the high-tech game Space Invaders. That's the reason it's so low on the list. Its  

  • land forces are very, very weak. But one thing  it does have is some nice aircraft. It has three  

  • Dassault Mirage 5s and six Dassault Mirage F1s.  They might have been built in the 60s and 70s,  

  • but they were state of the art back then. The Gabonese navy exists, but the few old  

  • fast attack crafts and patrol vessels  can't do much except scare pirates away.

  • Our next country probably as more powerful  militias than an official military… 

  • 5. Somalia Back in the late 80s this military  

  • was on the verge of collapse and then in the 90s  it was dissolved. Hardly a professional force,  

  • its military was accused of murder, assaultlooting and all kinds of corruption. Back then  

  • a foreign diplomat wrote, “The inefficiency  of the Somali armed forces is legendary.” 

  • So, that's not a good look for SomaliaThe military did reinvent itself,  

  • but in a country that has seen so much internal  discord it was never easy making things right

  • The budget last year was just over $62 millionand in total there were 20,000 active personnel.  

  • They were actually very active not long agofighting insurgents with some help from the U.S.  

  • So, unlike some other countries  we've mentioned the Somali military  

  • has seen its fair share of action of late. If you look at what it's got in terms of hardware,  

  • you'll find there are quite a lot of main battle  tanks. Look a bit closer, and you'll see some of  

  • them such as the British Centurion date back  to the second world war. It's the same with  

  • the armored personnel carriers, they are more  museum pieces than formidable fighting machines

  • There used to be an air force, but that all  fell apart in the bad old days in the 90s.  

  • Now it's non-existent. The same goes for the navy. 4. Laos 

  • Thanks to the U.S, the country of Laospronounced without the 's', can say it's  

  • the most bombed country in the world. To stop the  spread of communism, the U.S thought Laos needed  

  • a bit of hellfire. From 1964 to 1973 the  US dropped bombs every eight minutes,  

  • 24 hours a day. Laos was obliterated, and it  was all done mostly in secret. A tenth of the  

  • population died, 98 percent of them civilians. Ok, the history class is over. Laos didn't try  

  • to build a bigger military after it was  partly destroyed, and the reason is there  

  • just wasn't any money. While it's more  built up today, it is still very poor

  • That's why the military budget  is just over $18 million

  • Laos actually has a lot of main battle tanksnumbering close to 130. Hmm, you think,  

  • that's quite a lot. But again, you have to  understand that those things are antiques.  

  • They probably don't get used. The air force  consists of utility and transport helicopters  

  • and the navy only has patrol boats. Laos is not likely to get into a war,  

  • far from it, but like its neighbor Thailand  – a country now buying all kinds of expensive  

  • military hardwarethe military is used  against its own people when they stand up  

  • against corruption. The army, no kiddinghas been accused of extrajudicial killing,  

  • torture, kidnapping, rape, attacks against  civilians, and starving minorities

  • That's another reason why Laos is so low on  this list. You can't call that good soldiering.

  • The next country gets a bad rap, but its  soldiers have done some honorable things

  • 3. Sierra Leone Back in 2014, soldiers with the  

  • Sierra Leone military did a commendable job. They  helped protect quarantine zones during the Ebola  

  • Outbreak. That's not a nice disease to have, so  you'd think those soldiers were well compensated

  • They weren't. Reports about the military say that it's kind of a  

  • last stop for people. Back in the 90s some reports  said that many of the soldiers were drifters,  

  • drug addicts and criminals. In the 2000s,  privates were earning about 50 bucks a month and  

  • there was no running water in the barracks. The  bathroom was a hole in the ground in a mud hut

  • So, when you bear that in mind, what kind  of military do you think the country has.  

  • It might have a $75 million dollar budget, but  if you can't take care of your soldiers, you're  

  • likely not going to get much professionalism. The military has two T-72 main battle tanks but  

  • as they are a few decades old it is very doubtful  that they work. It also has 13 armored vehicles

  • As for airpower, Sierra Leone has seven  helicopters and no planes. Two of the  

  • helicopters are Mil Mi-24s, vehicles  the Soviets once calledflying tanks.” 

  • The Sierra Leone Navy consists of some very  old gun boats and patrol boats. They might  

  • not have done much fighting, but in 2007 British  trained naval officers interrupted a hold-up of  

  • another boat by some pirates. It turned out the  pirates were actually Guinean Naval officers.

  • Next up is a country that's hard-pressed  to keep its military from deserting

  • 2. Liberia This is one small military, with only around  

  • 2,100 active personnel. We say active, but reports  suggest that 300 of those people have defected

  • Over the last few decades this country has  seen all kinds of conflicts, regime changes,  

  • and a civil war, and that's not good  when you want to build a modern military.  

  • There isn't really anything  modern about Liberia's equipment,  

  • with the air force consisting of mainly old  transport planes. It has one helicopter,  

  • but that's getting on in years, too. Believe it or not, it has no land vehicles  

  • at all. In terms of infantry weapons, Liberia  has to rely on assault rifles and machine guns.  

  • There isn't really a navy, either, but  it does have a National Coast Guard.

  • Finally, our number one country- who unlike  the rest maybe needs no military at all

  • 1. Bhutan If you look at the Global Peace Index, Bhutan  

  • is high up on the list. This wonderful country  located in the Eastern Himalayas wins all kinds  

  • of prizes for being peaceful, not being corrupt  and generally being a really cool place to live

  • That's likely why it doesn't spend  too much cash on its military.  

  • At $10 million or so a year, Bhutan's military  won't be buying any F-35s anytime soon

  • But it does have a military, and in it there  are 7,000 personnel. The country is protected  

  • by India, but that country has been trying to  help Bhutan improve its army and air force

  • There's not really that much happeningthough, and we can't find any sources  

  • that talk about Bhutan buying any new  weapons. The Royal Bhutan Army has had  

  • to shoot at people before, notably in  2003 when it took on 3,000 militants

  • In its arsenal of weapons, it has one  very old armored personnel carrier,  

  • mortars, and various kinds of rifles. If the army  uses other weapons, they are supplied by India

  • It doesn't have any power in the air, with the  air force only owning two Mil Mi-8 transport  

  • helicopters. This is certainly a very, very small  military and would be no match for the NYPD

  • Now you need to watch this, “The Insanely  Crazy Story of a Tiny Soldier”. Or have a  

  • look at this, “How A Soldier Single-Handedly  Liberated An Entire German Occupied City.”

The year was 1896 and the country of Zanzibar  was a protectorate of the British Empire.  

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